California State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma Saddened by Passing of Mayor Edwin Lee
Sacramento – A statement by Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, CPA on the passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee:
"It has been my honor to work alongside San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to represent the people of San Francisco. I am deeply saddened by his passing. The Asian Pacific Islander Community has been in California since the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, and as a Chinese-American he broke the bamboo ceiling with his election as the first Chinese-American Mayor in San Francisco. He understood the heartbeat of the city and embraced the true meaning of public service by bringing people together to enable San Francisco to flourish. He will be dearly missed."
Board Member Fiona Ma, CPA, was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014, to represent the Second Equalization District. She represents 9.5 million residents in many of California's coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Ma served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012, serving as the first Asian woman Assembly Speaker pro Tempore since 1850. While in the Assembly, Ms. Ma focused on improving California, authoring legislation to create jobs and grow the state's economy. As an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of State Legislators, she worked to keep California's economy competitive with other states. Ms. Ma has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California since 1992. For more information, visit Board Member Ma's website.
The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.
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